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The USMEF Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017 is now available online.


At the November 2016 USMEF Strategic Planning Conference, the USMEF board of directors approved the organization’s strategic plan for 2016-2020. It is available online.


UPDATE: Facing the prospect of a government shutdown at midnight on March 23, 2018, a comprehensive spending bill was approved by both houses of Congress and signed by President Trump. The legislation funds federal government operations through Sept. 30, 2018 – the end of the current fiscal year. Its passage ensures stability for USDA Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program funding through this fiscal year. With annual funding of $200 million for MAP and $34.5 million for FMD, these programs provide important support for international marketing of U.S. beef, pork and lamb, as well as other U.S. agricultural exports.

UPDATE: On April 12, 2018, U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) released the House version of the farm bill. A committee fact sheet summarizes the bill’s proposed funding of agricultural export promotion programs as follows:

In an effort to keep American agriculture competitive, the farm bill streamlines existing authorities for the Market Access Program (MAP), the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program, the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program, and the Emerging Markets Program (EMP) under one International Market Development Program, restoring funding for FMD and TASC, and establishing overall funding at $255 million per year moving forward.

This streamlining effort is intended to complement the recent reorganization within USDA by ensuring the newly established Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs has the tools necessary to continue tearing down barriers to trade and opening up new markets to U.S. agricultural products.

As a point of reference, $255 million in annual funding is $1.5 million more than the current total authorized for the programs listed. Release of the House version text is just the first step in the process for the new farm bill, but USMEF members are encouraged to voice their support for funding of international market development programs.

UPDATE: On May 18, 2018 the House of Representatives rejected the House Farm Bill (H.R. 2) on a vote of 198 in favor and 213 opposed. Thirty Republicans joined 183 Democrats in opposition to the bill. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) filed a motion to bring the bill back to the House floor for another vote, but the timing for further consideration of the bill is uncertain. Another vote may take place in June.

This House vote does not place USDA programs in any immediate jeopardy, because operations are funded through Sept. 30. But if a new farm bill isn’t approved by Sept. 30, an extension would be needed in order to maintain funding for critical programs, including those used to promote U.S. agricultural exports.

Additional notes on MAP, FMD:

On Feb. 12, 2018, the White House released the Trump administration’s FY 2019 budget proposal. The proposed USDA budget includes steady funding for MAP of $200 million. However, no FY 2019 funding is included for the FMD Program because it is below the $50 million threshold required by the 1985 Budget Control Act. Baseline funding for the FMD Program is expected to be addressed in the new farm bill.

On May 26, 2017, the USMEF Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution supporting continued funding of MAP and FMD and encouraging organizations that advocate on behalf of U.S. agriculture to make funding these programs a legislative priority. The full text of the resolution is available online.

In November 2016, USDA announced the results of an updated study examining the effectiveness of agricultural export development programs funded under the farm bill, including the MAP and FMD programs, from 1977 through 2014. The study found that these programs contributed an average of $8.2 billion per year (a total of more than $309 billion) to U.S. farm export revenue, and identified a 28-to-1 return on investment from these programs.

On Feb. 28, 2017, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing titled, The Next Farm Bill: International Market Development. The primary focus of the hearing was to examine the benefits derived from the MAP and FMD Programs. USMEF CEO Emeritus Philip Seng was invited to testify on the important roles MAP and FMD funding play in expanding global demand for U.S. red meat. More details from the hearing are available online.


U.S.-China Trade Talks

U.S. Imposing Tariffs on Steel, Aluminum and Other Products


Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Korea-U.S. FTA

Paraguay Opens to U.S. Pork and Beef

Trade with South Africa

Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement and Other Trade Agreements

Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)



Japan’s Safeguard Tariff Rate on Frozen Beef Expired April 1

Mexico’s Proposed Beef Grading Standards

Beef Access to European Union

WTO Ruling on Beef Access to Indonesia

Access for U.S. Beef in China

U.S.-Brazil Beef Trade

U.S. Beef Gains Expanded Access to Thailand


Argentina Now Open to U.S. Pork

USTR to Review Thailand’s Pork Trade Barriers

CSF Rule for Mexico

EU Pork Access to Russia


PEDV – Uzbekistan Lifts Ban on U.S. Pork


Codex Guidelines for Trichinae


Restoring Access for U.S. Lamb in High-Value Markets


How Corn and Soybean Producers Benefit from Red Meat Exports


USMEF Mission

USMEF Funding Overview


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